The Porsche customer team Gulf Racing UK kicked off the European Le Mans Series ELMS with a victory on Saturday at the four-hour race on the Silverstone Circuit. The all-British driver lineup of Michael Wainwright, Adam Carroll and Philip Keen scored a convincing GTE class win at their home race on the storied circuit in the British Midlands, crossing the finish line one lap ahead of the second-placed vehicle in their 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car.
“We’re thrilled with our customer team’s success. This has underlined just how competitive our 911 RSR is,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser. “With support from their pit crew, the drivers put in a consistently good effort. We’re proud of Gulf Racing UK for claiming this season-opening victory and we wish our customer squad continued success for the rest of the season.”
The number 88 Team Abu Dhabi-Proton Porsche 911 RSR of Klaus Bachler, Khaled Al Qubaisi and Christian Ried finished the race is a respectable and hard earned 5th place. The trio will be back in action during the first round of the World Endurance Championship tomorrow in an almost identical racing car.
Race result GTE class
1. Wainwright/Carroll/Keen (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 110 laps
2. Richardson/Smith/Tordoff (GB/GB/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 109
3. Cameron/Griffin/Scott (GB/IRL/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 109
4. Priaulx/Hassid/Krohn (GB/F/SF), BMWZ4, 109
5. Bachler/Al Qubaisi/Ried (A/UAE/D), Porsche 911 RSR, 109